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on which they are fastened shall be level, which way soever it may be turned.

The levels are represented in the figure of the Transit, on page 212, as being under the plate. They are sometimes placed above it. In that case, the Verniers are moved to one side, between the feet of the standards, and one of the levels is fixed between the standards above one of the Verniers, and the other on the plate at the south end of the compass-box.

(338) Parallel Plates. To raise or lower either side of the circle, so as to bring the bubbles into the centres of the tubes, requires more gentle and steady movements than the unaided hands can give, and is attained by the Parallel Plates P, P', (so called because they are never parallel except by accident), and their four screws Q, Q, Q, Q, which hold the plates firmly apart, and, by being turned in or out, raise or lower one side or the other of the upper plate P', and thereby of the graduated circle. The two plates are held together by a ball and socket joint. To level the instrument, loosen the lower clamp and turn the circle till each level is parallel to the vertical plane passing through a pair of opposite screws. Then take hold of two opposite screws and turn them simultaneously and equally, but in contrary directions, screwFig. 223.

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ing one in and the other out, as shown by the arrows in the figures. A rule easily remembered is that both thumbs must turn in, or both out. The movements represented in the first of these figures would raise the left-hand side of the circle and lower the right-hand side. The movements of the second figure would produce the reverse effect. Care is needed to turn the opposite screws equally, so that they shall not become so loose that the instrument will rock, or so tight as to be cramped. When this last occurs, one of the other pair should be loosened.

Sometimes one of each pair of the screws is replaced by a strong spring against which the remaining screws act.

The French and German instruments are usually supported by only three screws. In such cases, one level is brought parallel to one pair of screws and levelled by them, and the other level has its bubble brought to its centre by the third screw. If there is only one level on the instrument, it is first brought parallel tc one pair of screws and levelled, and is then turned one quarter around so as to be perpendicular to them and over the third screw, and the operation is repeated.

(339) Watch Telescope. A second Telescope is sometimes attached to the lower part of the instrument. When a number of angles are to be observed from any one station, direct the upper and principal Telescope to the first object, and then direct the lower one to any other well-defined point. Then make all the desired observations with the upper Telescope, and when they are finished, look again through the lower one, to see that it and therefore the divided circle has not been moved by the movements of the Vernier plate. The French call this the Witness Telescope, (Lunette temoin).

(310) The Compass. Upon the upper plate is fixed a compass. Its use has been fully explained in Part III. It is little used in connection with the Transit or Theodolite, which are so incomparably more accurate, except as a "check," or rough test of the accuracy of the angles taken, which should about equal the difference of the magnetic bearings. Its use will be farther noticed in Chapter IV, on "Field Work."

(341) The Surveyor's Transit. In this instrument (so named by its introducers, Messrs. Gurley, and shown in Fig. 224), the Vernier-plate, which carries the standards and telescope, is under the plate which carries the graduated circle, and the compass is attached to the latter. By this arrangement, when the Vernier is set at any angle, the line of sight of the telescope will make that angle with the N. and S. lines of the compass. Consequently, this instrument can be used precisely like the Vernier compass

to allow for magnetic variation, and thus to run out a line with true bearings, as in Art. (312), or to run out old lines, allowing for the secular variation, as in Art. (321).

The instrument may also be used like the common Engineer's Transit. The compass, however, will then not give the bearings of the lines surveyed, but they can easily be deduced from that of any one line.

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(342) Goniasmometre. A very compact instrument to which the above name has been given in France, where it is much used, is shown in the figure. The upper half of the cylinder is movable on its lower half. The observations may be taken through the slits, as in the Surveyor's Cross, or a Telescope may be added to it. Readings may be taken both from the compass, and from the divided edge of the lower half of the cylinder, by means of a Vernier on the upper half.

The proper care of instruments must not be overlooked. If varnished, they should be wiped gently with fine and clean linen. If polished with oil, they should be rubbed more strongly. The parts neither varnished nor oiled, should

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be cleaned with Spanish white and alcohol. Varnished wood, when spotted should be wiped with very soft linen, moistened with a little olive oil or alcohol. Unpainted wood is cleaned with sand-paper. Apply olive oil where steel rubs against brass; and wax softened by tallow where brass rubs against brass.Clean the glasses with kid or buck skin. Wash them, if dirtied, with alcohol.



(343) Definition. A Vernier is a contrivance for measuring smaller portions of space than those into which a line is actually divided. It consists of a second line or scale, movable by the side of the first, and divided into equal parts, which are a very little shorter or longer than the parts into which the first line is divided. This small difference is the space which we are thus enabled to


The Vernier scale is usually constructed by taking a length equal to any number of parts on the divided line, and then dividing this length into a number of equal parts, one more or one less than the number into which the same length on the original line is divided.

(344) Illustration. The figure represents (to twice the real size) a scale of inches divided into tenths, with a Vernier scale beside it, by which hundredths of an inch can be measured. The

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Vernier is made by setting off on it 9 tenths of an inch, and dividing that length into 10 equal parts. Each space on the Vernier is therefore equal to a tenth of nine-tenths of an inch, or to ninehundredths of an inch, and is consequently one-hundredth of an inch shorter than one of the divisions of the original scale. The

The Vernier is so named from its inventor, in 1631. The name "Nonius," uften improperly given to it, belongs to an entirely different contrivance for a similar object.

first space of the Vernier will therefore fall short of, or be overlapped by, the first space on the scale by this one-hundredth of an inch; the second space of the Vernier will fall short by two-hun dredths of an inch; and so on. If then the Vernier be moved up by the side of the original scale, so that the line marked 1 coincides, or forms one straight line, with the line of the scale which was just above it, we know that the Vernier has been moved onehundredth of an inch. If the line marked 2 comes to coincide with a line of the scale, the Vernier has moved up two-hundredths of an inch; and so for other numbers. If the position of the Fig. 226.



Vernier be as in this figure, the line marked 7 on the Vernier corresponding with some line on the scale, the zero line of the Vernier is 7 hundredths of an inch above the division of the scale. next below this zero line. If this division be, as in the figure, 8 inches and 6 tenths, the reading will be 8.67 inches.*

A Vernier like this is used on some levelling rods, being engraved on the sides of the opening in the part of the target above its middle line. The rod being divided into hundredths of a foot, this Vernier reads to thousandths of a foot. It is also used on some French Mountain Barometers, which are divided to hundredths of a metre, and thus read to thousandths of that unit.

(345) General rules. To find what any Vernier reads to, i. e. to determine how small a distance it can measure, observe how many parts on the original line are equal to the same number increased or diminished by one on the Vernier, and divide the

The student will do well to draw such a scale and Vernier on two slips of thick paper, and move one beside the other till he can read them in any possible position; and so with the following Verniers.

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